Well aware of the importance of the economic and social issues at stake in ecotourism, Gabon is carving out a reputation for itself as a unique destination, thanks to its rich natural, cultural and craft heritage.Gabon has numerous natural assets:a rich diversity of flora and fauna, a preferential location, political stability, a peaceful, hospitable population, a protected ecosystem with rare and precious valuable assets, as well as a wide variety of highly dynamic cultural traditions.
Gabon refuses mass tourism, which would destroy the environment and local culture.On the contrary, it wishes to develop high quality tourism, following the logic of the Green Gabon policy, which protects nature and people, preserves biodiversity and the culture of local population groups, which in turn contributes high added value to Gabon's economic and social development.
Important projects have been established, in particular the privatisation, renovation or construction of hotels such as the ultramodern Laaico complex, for which work is in progress in Libreville.
In addition, the 13 National Parks created in August 2002 by the late President Omar Bongo Ondimba will make it possible to increase the availability of tourist products and build a more diversified offer, suitable for promotion on the international tourism market.
Ecotourism in Gabon is therefore fully expanding and requires new, increased structures.
Theimplementation of the "Green Gabon" policies in the 13 National Parks should encourage intelligent ecosystem development by creating a new source of economic diversification that protects the environment.
The international community unanimously approves this approach, which falls within the scope of the global struggle to protect ecosystems with: